100 years TitanicOver the past 100 years, the disaster that resulted in more than 1,500 passengers lost has been scrutinized, criticized and mourned by people the world over. The fact that the ship was sailing for the first time and that numerous countries were affected as far as loss of life and rescue efforts help fuel the infamy of this doomed ship.
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In the initial years after the incident, several survivors became celebrities. One of these celebrity survivors was the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown. Because the story is so famous, survivors like Molly Brown were mixed in with fictional characters in films like "Titanic." Victims of the accident who perished are memorialized in many ways. Those whose bodies were recovered were brought home and buried when identification was possible. Now, 100 years later, strangers visit these graves in remembrance of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
Nothing has been the focus of more attention in the past few decades regarding the RMS Titanic as the ship itself. Amazingly, the ship was found at the bottom of the North Atlantic in September of 1985. Since that time, coveted artifacts have been pulled from the wreckage, films have been made of the wreckage and its ghostly visage in its grave has become a pop
The Titanic 100 years anniversary is not just a historic event. It is a pop culture event. The tragedy was made immensely popular in the film "Titanic." That film will be returning to theaters in April of 2012 for the anniversary. Another tribute to the pop culture aspect of the wreck is an auction of artifacts set to take place at Guernsey's Auctioneers & Brokers on April 1, 2012.
The sinking of the RMS Titanic will remain in the collective minds of passenger descendants and those who are aware of the tragedy for a long time to come. However, it is hard to say if the ship and many of the artifacts will make it another 100 years.